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  • Friday, December 19 - Sunday, December 21
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Heartwarming, Christmastime entertainment about a small town man who forgoes his big dreams to help others. On Fri and Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm: $24/$22. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Classic Christmas Concert
    Instrumentalists and vocalists celebrate the meaning of Christmas. A goodwill offering will benefit needy people through Samaritan's Purse. Free. 7:30pm. Phone: 845-758-1184. Email: office@stjohnsreformed.org. Url: http://stjohnsreformed.org.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Clermont's Christmas Open House
    Enjoy the "home for the holidays" w/ volunteer docents answering questions. Mulled cider served in gift shop. Free admission; 11am–4pm. Phone: 518-537-4240. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Saturday, December 20
    Messiah SING
    Gwen Gould conducts Handel’s oratorio w/ string ensemble, vocal soloists while the audience becomes the chorus. Scores and refreshments provided. $15 donation/free 18 and under. At 4pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, December 20 - Sunday, December 21
    Bang Group's Nut/Cracked
    Edgy version of The Nutcracker w/music including many incarnations of Tchaikovsky’s score, and versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. Choreography: David Parker.Tkts: $30–$40 (suitable for ages 12 and up). Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. Phone: 845-758-7900. Email: fishercenterboxoffice@bard.edu. Url: http://fishercenter.bard.edu.

  • Saturday, December 20
    Kwanza Umoja Celebration
    Hudson Opera House & Operation Unite present a festive Kwanza Celebration featuring candle lighting ceremony, crafts, vendors, performances. After a light "Karamu" community supper comes Zawadi (gifts for children). Free and open to public. 3–5pm. Phone: 518-822-1438. Email: info@hudsonoperahouse.org. Url: http://hudsonoperahouse.org.

  • Saturday, December 27 - Sunday, December 28
    Clermont Open After Christmas
    The mansion will remain open for holiday visitation 12/27 & 12/28 from 11am–3pm. Tour tkts $5/$4 for seniors and students, children under 12 are free. Phone: 518-537-4240. Url: http://friendsofclermont.org .

  • Saturday, December 27 - Sunday, December 28
    David Temple: Sambas in Season of Joy
    Guitarist/composer David Temple presents original work along with pieces from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and France. Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $20. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, December 27 - Tuesday, December 30
    Make a Mouse House
    12/27 & 12/30 only: Holiday Craft Workshop. Kids ages 6–10 inspect mouse houses on display, then build their own to take home. Adults must accompany. Call to reserve. From 2–3:30pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Wednesday, December 31
    Morton on New Year's Eve
    An evening of stories, short plays (read by Rhinebeck Readers Theatre) music & caroling. Donation $10, at 8pm, Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • Friday, January 2 - Sunday, January 4
    The Woman
    Staged reading of Clare Booth Luce's acerbic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various wealthy Manhattan socialites. Directed by Lisa Lynds. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Pay what you will. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Friday, January 9 - Sunday, January 11
    Sunday In the Park With George
    Sondheim musical follows life of artist Georges Seurat working on his latest impressionist masterpiece. Directed by Andy Weintraub with musical direction by Paul & JoAnne Shubert. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, January 10
    New Year/New Works: Opening
    Opening party for a joint show of artists from two galleries: the Tivoli Gallery and Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA). All work, in various mediums, will be new to the gallery. 6–8pm. Phone: 845-757-2667. Email: alanreich@juno.com. Url: http://www.tivoliartistsgallery.com. .

  • Friday, January 16 - Sunday, January 18
    Sunday In the Park With George
    Sondheim musical follows life of artist Georges Seurat working on his latest impressionist masterpiece. Directed by Andy Weintraub with musical direction by Paul & JoAnne Shubert. Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sun at 3pm; $27/$25. Phone: 845-876-3080. Url: http://centerforperformingarts.org.

  • Saturday, January 17
    Opening for CCCA Juried Show
    Juried art show presented by Columbia Co. Arts Council. Reception 5–7pm. (Snow date 1/24.) Phone: 518-671-6213. Email: info@artscolumbia.org. Url: http://www.artscolumbia.org.

  • Saturday, January 17
    FIRST LEGO League
    Lego FLL Robot Tournament. Check for time. Snow date 1/18. Phone: 845-758-2241. Url: http://redhookcentralschools.org.

  • Saturday, January 17 - Sunday, January 18
    Hudson Valley Playwrights
    Staged readings: 1/17 at 7:30pm and 1/18 at 3pm. Suggested donation $10. Phone: 845-876-2903. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com. Url: http://morton.rhineclifff.lib.ny.us.

  • Sunday, January 18
    "Ladies' Night" Concert
    RB Chamber Music Society performance, with Eugenia Zukerman, flute; Babette Hierholzer, piano; Kimberly Kahan, soprano. Works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn's sister), and Amy Beach. Introductory remarks by composers Joan Tower, Victoria Bond, and Karen LeFrak. 3pm. $25/$5. Phone: 845-876-2870. Email: info@rhinebeckmusic.org. Url: http://rhinebeckmusic.org.

  • Sunday, January 18
    WWI & the End of the Gilded Age
    Special tour explores how the Millses’ extravagant way of life withered away in the cataclysm of the Great War. Pls. reserve. $10/$8. 1pm. Phone: 845-889-8851 X300. Email: Donald.Fraser@parks.ny.gov . Url: http://staatsburgh.org.

  • Thursday, January 22
    Probiotics & Your Gut
    Probiotics: what they are, what they do, and how to choose one. Presented by registered dietician Liz Malgieri. 6:30pm. Phone: 845-876-4030. Email: starrdirector@starrlibrary.org. Url: http://starrlibrary.org.

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Dutchess/Columbia Community Businesses

1845 Federal style house in the village of Rhinebeck. Stroll to shops, restaurants, and cinema. Five elegantly-furnished guest rooms with private baths, air conditioning, gourmet breakfast, with homemade delicacies. Complimentary refreshments.

6487 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck
845-876-4133

Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, deli, cheese shop, gourmet grocery, delectable baked goods. Garden center, nursery, houseplants. Thousands of annuals and perennials grown on our family farm. Family owned since 1919.

1560 Rt. 9W, Kingston
845-336-6300

Vicki L. Haak, CFP®, Financial Advisor—Personal financial planning, including planning for risk protection, taxes, retirement, estate preservation investments and asset allocation.

30 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-876-1157

Ann Lombardozzi C.P.E. and daughter Michelle Lombardozzi-Strollo have over 30 years combined experience. Computerized equipment thermyolosis, electrolysis and blend methods. Disposable needles used. Gender friendly. CDC sterilization methods. Electrolysis—the only method of permanent hair removal.

22 E. Market St., #201, Rhinebeck
845-876-4878

The Atwater Gallery, located above the Rhinebeck Artist's Shop in Rhinebeck, is a beautiful light-filled exhibition space showing changing exhibits of professional, quality modern art from the Hudson Valley and beyond.

56 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-876-4922

STAMP COLLECTIONS WANTED!! Serious stamp collector looking to purchase: single stamps, collections and old envelopes. Will travel.

62 Daisy Ln., Montgomery
845-494-2751

Tradition, pride, experience, and the finest ingredients combine to bring the best of old Mexico to your table. Our menu is packed with classic Mexican dishes we create from scratch. From delicious appetizers to tasty salads, inspired entrees to decadent desserts, your meal will be one of a kind. Don't forget to order a Margarita at the bar or with your dinner. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to offer suggestions or answer questions. We hope you walk in a stranger and leave a friend. Gracias Amigos!

7483 S. Broadway, Red Hook
845-835-8207

An elegant rustic hideaway and working horse farm (with two donkeys!) on 40 acres. Sweeping pastoral views, rooms with fireplaces and jacuzzis, woodland walking trails, private decks, and great hospitality. All private baths and A/C. Farm-to-table breakfasts and dessert table complimentary with your stay. Weekday discounts for seniors.

52 Pells Rd., Rhinebeck
845-876-6838

Quatrefoil...Stewardship for your property. We are a residential building and design firm specializing in the restoration and renovation of historic homes. Reach us at the number below.

845-773-9234

Got rot? Home improvements & repairs of all types, painting & staining. Historic restoration specialist. Furniture restoration. Serving the Hudson Valley since 1986. Fully insured.

Elizaville
845-756-2788

Pizza, calzones, stromboli, hot & cold & parmigiana heros—and full Italian dinner menu. Homemade sauces, pizza dough, & desserts (cheese cake, cannoli & specials). Directions from 9G: go east at Germantown light and take first left.

85 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown
518-537-6262

New Painting Class: Adults (Fri 7–9pm & Sun 3–5pm); Teens (Sat 3:30–5:30pm & Sun 1–3pm).Saturday Comic Workshops twice monthly! Offering instruction: drawing, printmaking, clay, & much more. Year-round after-school sessions, weekend workshops, etc. Enjoy expressing yourself artistically and discovering your visual sensibilities!

The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook
845-758-9719

A certified ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning coach, Catherine works with teens and adults to understand this brain-based condition and its outcomes. Replace defeating behaviors with positive patterns for success. Increase your focus, reduce overwhelm, implement effective action plans, and find a balance with time and task management.

23H East Market St., Rhinebeck
845-702-8329

Our aim is to give you an authentic, integrated and transformative yoga experience. We welcome you to come just as you are and enjoy ongoing weekly classes. We offer: Yoga for Every Body, Vinyasa, Affordable $5 Community Class, Beyond Basics, Svaroopa, Tai Chi, as well as special workshops and teacher training. Find our schedule online or drop us an email.

403 Warren St., Hudson
518-828-1034

Kathryn Whitman Architecture specializes in residential design—new construction, renovations and restorations. Combining overall design strength and fine detailing, we offer architectural and interior design services in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Let us collaborate on your vision for your home.

845-640-1636 or 845-640-1636

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